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Gi, Heung, Jeong Culture print


Gi is a universal energy that is widely mentioned in martial arts like taekwondo. It is not just limited to physical energy; it extends into the spiritual state as well, and exists everywhere. It is a sort of sense of connectedness with everything around.

Korea is a rugged country consisting of mountain ranges that connect and overlap to form a common figure. The mountains offer easy access to visitors without presenting overwhelmingly rugged terrain, as no mountain in Korea is more than 2,000 meters high



The sense of connectedness demonstrated by gi is very well illustrated in the way the Korean people regard mountains. Throughout history, Koreans have aimed to live in harmony with mountains, rather than regarding them as massive natural objects to be alienated from human life or conquered. Since long ago, Koreans have made shelters in the middle of the vast mountains, and cultivated farmland on their hillsides. Even in the highly populated metropolis of Seoul, a national park is only a short subway ride away, and Seoulites of all ages go for hikes on weekends, taking advantage of the close proximity.

 The older generation in Korea rarely uses the common term for "hiking," as it denotes conquering or dominating the mountain. The term that is used instead connotes being accommodated by the mountain.

Another expression of the Korean people’s emphasis on harmony with nature is the principle Korean’s call pungsoo, similar to geomancy. Pungsoo is related to feng shui and is based on the notion that topographical features can generate invisible forces of good or evil. Pungsoo theory is always considered when constructing residences and even gravesites in order to ensure there is no discord with the divination of the terrain and flow of the water.


The gi energy of the Korean people can be felt through all aspects of art and culture, and the critically acclaimed musical KARMA is a perfect example. KARMA has uniquely combined the grace of dancing, the vigor of martial arts, and Four Graceful Plants," a famous Korean painting. The gi and excitement of the musical have been well received local residents and international visitors.


‘KARMA’ Perfectly Expresses the Notion of Gi


KARMA has been displaying awesome mental and physical power through a combination of martial arts, tradition, and Korean dance since 2007. (Korean)